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Archives: January 2019

As we ring in the New Year many times we set goals for ourselves to accomplish as the year progresses. Weight loss, organization, career, home, family, and personal growth are all popular areas for these goals to be made in. Maybe one of your goals is to redecorate or remodel one of the rooms in your home. When you begin your journey you may find yourself needing to purchase a new couch. Finding a couch that fits the needs of your family can be harder than it sounds. At Carpet Care 2000 we run into all sorts of different couches. We have put together a list of common materials for couches for you to consider as you are purchasing your new couch. There are three different categories of material available for couches: natural fibers, synthetics, and leather. What type of material you choose really just depends on your personal taste, requirements, and lifestyle.

Cleaning Natural Fiber Upholstery

Natural fibers are just what you think they are – materials that are made from natural sources, like plants and animals.
Chenille: Chenille has a soft surface with weft threading. The threading gives it a unique nap. Chenille is frequently used in pieces that you would like to be extremely comfortable like recliners, sofas, and children’s furniture. Chenille can be made with natural fibers or from synthetics. If natural is important to you do not assume that all chenille is made of natural fibers.
Cotton: Cotton material is so versatile. Cotton can add texture to your couch. It is also strong, resistant to soiling, and resistant to wrinkling. The best-quality cotton blends are typically 45% to 60% cotton.
Jute: Jute is a natural fiber that is produced mainly in India and Bangladesh. Jute is traditionally used for rope and matting. Over the years it has also been used in furniture. It is extremely prone to wrinkling so many times it is used for accent pieces.
Linen: Linen is an extremely strong natural textile fiber that is made from flax. Since it is smooth, soft, and naturally lustrous linen can be an excellent choice for furniture. It is durable and naturally resistant to moths, pilling, and abrasion. Linen looks amazing on traditional dining chairs and tufted arm chairs.
Wool: Wool is a made naturally from animal hair. It is extremely durable. Most wool fabrics today are a blend of natural and synthetic fibers. The synthetic fibers help the wool stand up better to wear and tear and also make it easier to clean.

How Easy are Synthetic Couches to Clean?

Synthetic fabrics are engineered fabrics that are man-made. They tend to be more durable than natural fibers. Overall they are also more resistant to fading and staining than their natural counterparts.
Microfiber: Microfiber is a knit blend polyester fabric. It is softer than suede but gives you the look of suede. Microfiber is a dense material made of tightly coven synthetic fibers. It is extremely durable and moisture resistant. If you do spill something on it dabbing it with water typically gets rid of the stain.
Nylon: Nylon is usually blended with other materials to help create a strong and durable material. It is easy to maintain and does not wrinkle.
Olefin: Olefin is a manmade material that is actually produced from melting down plastic pellets. Then they add color and the threads are then woven together. It is resistant to abrasions, stains, sunlight, and chemicals. If your couch will receive heavy use this is a great fabric to choose.

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We hope that this information helps you make the decision that is best for you and your family as you select a new couch this year. Just remember that if you want your new couch to keep looking nice you will want to have it professionally cleaned once a year. Give Carpet Care 2000 a call to schedule your next cleaning!

Professional carpet cleaning is a necessary part of maintenance and care of your carpets. It will preserve the condition, health and lifespan. Manufacturers recommend you get your carpets professionally cleaned every 6-12 months, an in fact, in many cases the warranty is void if you neglect professional care. Professionals can deep clean your carpets and extract the deep rooted, compacted soil, tough stains, and neutralize most odors. Unless you diligently schedule your carpet cleaning, it may not be obvious, as even seemingly clean carpets need a deep clean. With that in mind, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to list some clues that suggest your carpets are in need of a deep, professional cleaning.

Carpet Cleaning for Asthma & Allergy Sufferers

Everyone in your home may be affected by allergies. Where allergies vary, dirty carpets trapping the allergens will impact the individual. Watery eyes, runny noses, issues breathing, and excessive sneezing that occurs more often and/or lasts longer than average suggest allergies. Vacuuming regularly does not get all the dirt, dust, pet dander, and allergens, though it can often extend the time in between professional cleaning. In people who are susceptible to allergies and respiratory problems, the buildup can induce more allergies and asthma, as well as make them last longer. When you notice an increase with allergies and asthma, schedule a professional cleaning to help reduce the symptoms.

Carpet Odor from Water Damage, Pets & More

You should schedule a professional cleaning if you notice any odors coming from the carpets, especially if spots and stains are the source of the odors. Simple vacuuming and spot removal products are incapable of fully removing the unappealing side effects of household accidents and carpet use. To properly evaluate the stains and odors, you need a qualified carpet cleaning specialist that can effectively remove the spots, stains, and odors. When you enter carpeted rooms, pay close attention to a change in smell and appearance. You should invest in a professional cleaning if you find any changes.

Discolored Carpet Colors

Carpet coloring will fade over time and use, in some cases it is noticeable, especially when you move the furniture around. It is more common, and concentrated, in high-traffic areas and areas where direct sunlight pierces through the windows. Look for high-quality carpet and schedule routine carpet cleanings with a qualified professional. When you notice the discoloration, call for a professional.

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Overall, cleaning spills immediately, daily vacuuming, and professional carpet cleaning once a year are the basics for your carpet’s maintenance. With the talented experts of Carpet Care 2000, you can be rest assured that your carpets are thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized, to ensure the maximum care for your carpets. We use state of the art equipment and products that ensure the ultimate level of clean. Call us today to schedule your carpet cleaning appointment. Our experts are readily available to provide the best care and the deepest clean for your carpets to revitalize and restore their vibrancy.

Carpet beetle larvae are a common problem in homes and often times go unnoticed for lengthy periods of time. They are elusive household pests that prefer to hide in dark, less frequented areas of the home, away from human traffic. Unfortunately, many people realize they have an infestation when they see their bed linens or clothing has been destroyed. If the infestation gets bad enough, they can destroy your carpets from the bottom to the top in a short time. Adult carpet beetles feed mainly on plants. So, they are attracted to our homes by the colorful, tasty plants in our yards and eventually make their way indoors through open windows without screens, cracks or crevices around the doors or cracks in the walls. They then begin to breed inside our homes, and before we know it, they wreak havoc on our homes and belongings. Unlike other household pests, varied carpet beetles and their larvae are relatively simple to get rid of. Carpet Care 2000 will help you identify carpet beetles and larvae, point out common hiding places and explain how to get rid of them and keep them away.

Carpet Beetle Larvae Identification

Adults are oval shaped and sport black, white and yellow patterning on their bodies. Larvae look like tiny hairy worms with legs and are commonly known as “Woolly Bears”. Their bodies are covered in dense golden hair that may cause irritation to skin. They come in a light brown to black color.

Where to Find Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetle adults don’t cause damage inside the home. One of the only ways you may notice their presence is to see a group of them gathered around windows. If you see a group of these beetles at the window, you can be sure there are larvae somewhere in your home. They frequent dark, less traveled spaces of the home such as closets, air ducts, under furniture, under carpets, under baseboards and in storage boxes or spaces. They are in search of organic material to feed on making leather, furs, silks, wool, bed linens, furniture and blankets prime feeding targets for carpet beetle larvae. A tell tale sign of their presence in a particular area would be shed skins or fecal pellets gathered in one area, or big holes chewed through upholstery, carpet or clothing.

Carpet Beetle Prevention & Removal

What to do if you find carpet beetle larvae in your home? Don’t panic. Carpet beetles are fairly simple to get rid of. Following are a few tips on how to get rid of carpet beetles and how to avoid an infestation in your home.
Vacuuming, sweeping & mopping– With good housekeeping you can deter carpet beetle larvae from making your home theirs. If you notice an infestation, you can suck up the larvae with a vacuum for easy removal.
Steam cleaning upholstery and carpets– By having your home steam cleaned by a professional at least once a year, you can ensure you are killing off any unwanted pests that may be lurking in your carpets or furniture. Steam cleaning not only kills carpet beetles and their larvae, it effectively removes carpet mites and 99% of viruses and bacteria in the treated areas! This is the most effective way to control carpet pest infestations!
Proper clothing storage– Always launder clothing before packing it away for storage. Putting clothing into boxes with stains attracts carpet beetle larvae. Place the laundered clothing or bed linens into sealable plastic bags, then pack them into airtight containers to keep unwanted pests out. Every so often, pull out these boxes and clean under and around them to check for pest activity.

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Carpet Care 2000 will happily assist you with any carpet beetle larvae infestation you may be dealing with. Give our office a call if you have further questions or would like to schedule a steam cleaning today!

Area rugs can be the finishing touch to any space. They come in all shapes and sizes, as well as colors and materials. One of the first things you need to decide on when you are selecting the right area rug for your space is the material that your rug will be made of. Carpet Care 2000 is here to talk about some of the most common materials that you may see area rugs are made of when selecting the area rugs for your home.

Natural Fiber Area Rugs

Rugs that are made of natural fibers are usually more durable than those made of synthetic. They can come in different forms as well including hand woven, flat woven and hand tufted. Following are some of the natural fibers you will see.
Jute & Sisal: These rugs will be a more coarse rug, but are very durable. You will find that rugs made from these grasses are also full of textures that are hard to find elsewhere. People that suffer from allergies often choose this rug because allergens don’t get trapped in fibers like they do softer materials.
Silk & Viscose: Coming in very rich colors, silk and viscose are an extremely soft choice. Silk rugs will also add a nice sheen to your home and add depth to area rugs. They are often combined with wool because silk is not very durable on its own.
Cotton: Cotton has the ability to be dyed easily so the variety in color is abundant. You will usually find that cotton rugs are created using a flat weave or braided pattern. This rug will be a more casual look but is durable and usually able to be washed in your washing machine.
Wool: Of all the natural fiber rugs, wool is the most popular as well as the most durable of all your options. Wool can stand up to high amounts of traffic and is easily dyed as well so you can find a rug in any color and design of your choice.

Synthetic Fiber Area Rugs

Synthetic area rugs are machine-made and woven on a power loom. These rugs are easily customizable and a popular choice among homeowners because they are generally cost effective. Following are the synthetic options.
Nylon: This is a very versatile rug that comes in a variety of styles and colors. It is durable and very easy to clean. Because it repels dirt and other debris, these rugs can withstand high amounts of traffic. They are budget friendly, but won’t likely stand the tests of time like wool rugs.
Olefin: The most popular choice in rugs by far because it mimics the look and feel of wool. It holds color well and is stain resistant to boot. This is such a durable material actually, that it is often used to make outdoor rugs.

Area Rug Cleaning & More in Tracy, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin, Mountain House, Walnut Creek, Danville & the East Bay of California

If your area rug is starting to look dull and tired due to dust, dirt, debris and stains etc, you can count on Carpet Care 2000 to restore it to its original beauty and vibrancy. Call us today!

Carpet & Rug Cleaning

There are two categories of carpet cleaning methods. There is Steam Cleaning or Hot Water Extraction and there is the Low Moisture method often called Dry Cleaning. We offer both services but we prefer Steam Cleaning which is the most recommended by carpet manufacturers. Truck Mounted Steam Cleaning also removes the most soil and leaves the carpet the cleanest.

Oriental Rug Cleaning

Oriental rugs are beautiful works of art which should not trust just any one to clean. Just as art restoration is a science so too is the meticulous cleaning of Oriental rug restoration. So careful is the process that we need to bring in these beautifully woven masterpieces to our shop to ensure proper care. We will come to your home, carefully remove the antique rug from the premises and expertly transport it to our facility.

Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet Care 2000 is well equipped to handle all your upholstery cleaning needs. Usually performed on site in your home or office we come with all the equipment needed to take care of your fabric covered furniture. We place blankets on the floor to protect your furnishings and clean the furniture in place or set it outside on a deck, porch or garage when advantageous.

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